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Catechism and Compendium Set

Catechism and Compendium Set

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  • Catechism and Compendium Set
  • Perfect gift for an RCIA student
  • Beautiful editions


The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

The official Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition clearly spells out the Church's beliefs on:

  • Love and marriage
  • Children, God, creation, humanity, life, death, and the afterlife
  • Mary, the Church, the saints, and the sacraments
  • And much, much more

Why a "second edition"? Revised to conform completely with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1997, the book now also includes an extensive glossary and analytical index to make it even more "user friendly."

Unlike the catechism you may have used as a child, the official Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, doesn't have a question-and-answer format. Designed for lay use, it can be read from cover-to-cover or, with its handy index, used as a resource to find a specific teaching on a specific topic.

A "must" for every Catholic household. It's also the perfect gift for graduation, Confirmation, birthdays, Christmas, and Mother's or Father's Day. (And a great addition to your own library to help you learn even more about the Church and be better able to explain its beliefs to others!)


The Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI gives the Church the "food" that it seeks in the 598 questions and answers in the Compendium, Catechism of the Catholic Church . This volume offers a quick synopsis of the essential contents of the Faith as promulgated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Like the 1992 Catechism, the Compendium has a four-part structure, and includes a section on common prayers and Catholic doctrinal formulas. Because of the question-and-answer format, catechetical leaders -- parents, pastors, teachers, principals, and catechists -- have a unique opportunity to dialogue with the faithful, and reinvigorate the Church's ongoing mission of evangelization and catechesis. Individuals can come "to know the unfathomable riches of the salvific mystery of Jesus Christ" by reading, using, and memorizing parts of the Compendium.

An essential tool for youth and young adults, the Compendium is the perfect companion to a youth or young adult's Bible, spiritual reading, or textbook. Catechetical leaders in high schools, colleges, and parishes will appreciate its versatility -- as a reference book, discussion starter, or core resource for RCIA programs.

Fourteen images taken from masterpieces of Christian art set a tone for each part or section. "The sacred images, with their beauty, are also a proclamation of the Gospel and express the splendor of the Catholic truth," explained Pope Benedict XVI. The Compendium, Catechism of the Catholic Church was prepared by a commission presided by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Following the request for greater appreciation of the Catechism, and in order to meet a widespread need that emerged during the 2002 International Catechetical Congress, in 2003 the Holy Father established a special commission, presided by the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that he charged with preparing a Compendium, Catechism of the Catholic Church, containing a more concise and dialogic version of the same contents of Catholic Faith and morals.


Dimensions & Specifications

The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  • 6 x 9 inches
  • ISBN: 9781574551099
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 904
  • Language: English

The Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • ISBN: 9781592762682
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 200
  • Language: English

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(4.88/5 Stars, 8 Ratings) Based on 8 Reviews

A lifetime companion

Review: It's like the owners manual to the Catholic Church. Everything you need to know about her is in here. I recommend to read the compendium cover to cover and use the actual Catechism as a reference for your questions, kind of like the way one would use an encyclopedia.

Words to Reference, for a Catholic

Review: Catholic Reference Material Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader

Not like the Baltimore Catechism more

Review: With a bible study and for reference Best Uses: Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Informative


Review: Great resource for someone going through the RCIA process. Best Uses: Reference; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Informative

The 5 W's

Review: I read a little each day. It is great to have a single source that explains the 5 Ws (who, what, when, why) and how of the catholic faith. Best Uses: Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Informative

Just what I wanted and needed

Review: When I have a question about my Catholic faith, I look to both of these books. Every adult Catholic should have a set. Best Uses: Gift, Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Well Written

Very Good Information

Review: Great for anyone reviewing the Catholic faith. Best Uses: Gift, Reference; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Informative, Well Written

Much appreciated

Review: Anyone born after 1960 never got the facts in Catholic School. They have to search for the truth on their own. Best Uses: Everyone; Describe Yourself: Avid Reader
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